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Todd Dills

From toilets to roads — concrete from the potty

| June 08, 2012

It’s “poticrete,” actually, the name given an aggregate mix the city of Bellingham, Wash., used for a paved trail project — a big portion of the aggregate is made of crushed toilets, sinks and other porcelain bathroom fixtures.

The mixture is notablein that it marks the first “LEED-style certification,” Christopher Mims wrote on thegrist.org, for something resembling a roadway. (The folks at the Greenroads Foundation designated the Poticrete trail its first certified Greenroad.) And I imagine it might make you think a little harder about where you’re putting your feet next time you step out of the rig onto a concrete surface.

And, Mims went on, “just think of all the things that have yet to be cleverly incorporated into streets — and their names. Pooperglass? Crapphalt? Sh**crete? I guess those are all kind of the same thing.”…

  • Gordon A

    This is when recycling really pays off in the long run.
    We need more of this kind of actions from our governing bodies.
    This should reduce the cost some what too.